Maura Tierney in ER by Danny Feld/NBC Photo Maura Tierney in ER by Danny Feld/NBC Photo

NBC and Warner Bros. TV are reportedly close to a deal that would reduce ER's license fees enough to keep the show going for a 15th season. In fact, says the Reporter, Hollywood agents have been told that the show plans to shoot four episodes for the fall immediately upon completing the original post-strike order for six.

Already, two recurring roles that would debut this spring and run into Season 15 are being filled: The Sopranos' Aida Turturro has been cast as a car-accident victim, while Aussie hunk David Lyons is in talks to play (all together now) a doctor lacking a conscience.